About the Author: DZ Wirth
DZ Wirth, born in Chicago, raised in a suburb of the big city, was taught to believe in the Bambi myth, went to Northern Illinois University in elementary education and "speech correction", quit school early to get a job in a hospital lab and soon drove to Alaska where Real Life began.
In Alaska DZ learned the truth that the Wild Natural World was difficult, often cruel and the “Balance of Nature” was controlled by weather and extreme population swings with starvation and disease at the turning points. Despite what “Bambi Followers” believed, hunters and trappers were very concerned about the health of populations of all the wildlife. Hunters and trappers assisted the Department of Fish and Game and the University of Alaska with gathering scientific information about the wildlife. Over the years, hunters have contributed trillions of dollars of their tax money to the benefit of all wildlife.
Around the small village of Galena on the Yukon River, DZ observed and photographed animals and birds. DZ learned to fish, hunt, trap, travel by snow machine, plane and boat, alone or with family and friends. There were many first hand observations shared with others over an evenings’ campfire.
DZ Wirth attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Biological Science, worked in a hospital lab and with domestic animals. DZ trapped and kept marten for breeding.
In Juneau, Alaska, DZ took many hunting, camping and fishing trips to remote islands, staying alone or with others. DZ also lectured on tour boats as a naturalist.
DZ's stories are based on real life in the wild with minimal embellishments.
by DZ Wirth
Mountain Igloo, the novel, tells of a college student who is flown into a remote valley to do a study of wild animals. She plans to stay four winter months alone in a tent. Were her plans sufficient? Her work observing the animals, weather, many other wild animals, Northern Lights, bi-weekly radio conversations, and the flight out, fill her time with wonder, beauty or terror. What would be next?
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